verb (used with object), pegged, peg·ging.
verb (used without object), pegged, peg·ging.
Origin of peg
Examples from the Web for peg
Contemporary Examples of peg
To “link up the beachheads and peg out claims well inland” was necessarily the first aim of Overlord.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day
November 15, 2014
And so the shaming of them, the public taking them down a peg or two, become moments to savor.Why Does Everyone Hate Lea Michele?
October 9, 2014
His team routed the British and hence, at the Patiala Peg, drinks are served in 75 ml glasses, compared to the standard 60 ml.An Indian Icon Reborn: The Imperial Hotel Reclaims Its Glory Days
May 13, 2014
Chris Christie casts a big political shadow—but one Democrat has stepped up to try to take him down a peg.In New Jersey, Barbara Buono Is the Last Democrat Standing
February 19, 2013
Jacoby isn't quite so convincing to me on what such a view can offer at moments of great tragedy (her peg of course was Newtown).Can Atheism Offer Comfort?
January 7, 2013
Historical Examples of peg
Phim sticks to it, too; tells me my peg is downright encouragement to the bacteria.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Then, still softly and swiftly, he lifted the saddle from its peg and put it on its back.Way of the Lawless
I'll hang it back on the peg just now, but don't use it again fer a bit.
Shandy gave the bridle a swing, and it clattered to the floor from its peg.
In the other case the moving and steering was done by turning a peg.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
verb pegs, pegging or pegged
Word Origin for peg
mid-15c., from Middle Dutch pegge "peg," a common Low German word (cf. Low German pigge "peg," German Pegel "gauge rod, watermark," Middle Dutch pegel "little knob used as a mark," Dutch peil "gauge, watermark, standard"), of uncertain origin; perhaps from PIE *bak- "staff used as support" (see bacillus). To be a square peg in a round hole "be inappropriate for one's situation" is attested from 1836; to take someone down a peg is from 1580s, but the original literal sense is uncertain (most of the likely candidates are not attested until centuries later). Peg leg "wooden leg" attested from 1765.
"fasten with or as if on a peg," 1590s, from peg (n.). Slang sense of "identify, classify" first recorded 1920. Related: Pegged; pegging.
In addition to the idiom beginning with peg
- peg away at
- square peg in a round hole
- take down a notch (peg)